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HHC/SHOP rendering via Tribeca Citizen

 

Howard Hughes Corp. has revealed the revised plans for the controversial Seaport Tower they have planned for site of the old Fulton Fish Market, The New Market building in South Street Seaport’s historic district, as reported by Downtown Express.

Photo via Curbed

 

City Officials expressed disappointment in the “new” plan, saying HHC had not considered the guidelines put forward by the Seaport Working Group, an organization of local politicians and community leaders.

The plan now includes “affordable housing” which proposes building/renovating 65 low-income units on historic Schermerhorn Row, the iconic cobbled street where the South Street Seaport Museum is located.

Schermerhorn Row. Photo via wikipedia

 

Downtown Express: The long-awaited revisions to the firm’s Seaport development plan still includes a tower, and now meets another administration goal: affordable housing.

The tower was originally 650 feet and it has been reduced to 494. The Seaport Working Group, made of local politicians and community leaders, had been waiting since June, for the firm’s revisions after it released its guidelines and principles, calling for an alternative to the tower.

Schematic of the project areas, including the current tower site, the New Market Building, and the Tin Building. Image courtesy of the Howard Hughes Corp. via Downtown Express

 

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilmember Margaret Chin, two of the group’s leaders, both blasted the new plan in prepared statements released Wednesday night, minutes after Hughes presented the plan at a private meeting of the group.

Read more from Downtown Express here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

 

Philanthropic billionaire and his wife have pledged to fund a new park/performance space on a pier to be constructed on the Hudson River, off W. 13th Street, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Pier55/Heatherwick Studio via The Wall Street Journal

 

Plans include demolishing the famed but unused Pier 54, former Cunard White Star Line pier where survivors of RMS Titanic were brought, for the new public space that will include wandering paths, a 700-seat waterfront amphitheater and a plaza that can be used for performances.

RMS Carpathia docked at Pier 54 in New York City in 1912 following the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic. Photo via wikipedia

 

The Wall Street Journal: On Monday, billionaire businessman Barry Diller ; his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg; and the Hudson River Park Trust are expected to announce the creation of a $130 million, 2.7-acre pier, public park and performance space near New York’s Meatpacking District.

The archway is the only remaining identifiable piece of the pier. Photo via wikipedia

 

Construction of the park, financed primarily through the couple’s private foundation, will begin in 2016 and include the demolition of the old Pier 54, which has been unused for years. The new pier will be called Pier55, and Mr. Diller has created an independent foundation that will build, operate and provide cultural programming for it in cooperation with the Hudson River Park Trust.

Read more from the The Wall Street Journal here.

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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